Written by Jaylee Ismay
19 May, 2022

Basketball NSW is excited to announce that the John Davidson Country Jamboree is back this year following a two year hiatus due to the pandemic.

The John Davidson Jamboree this year will take a new and exciting approach to the long standing event to create more opportunities for junior country athletes.  The Jamboree will have two locations on the same weekend with both Tamworth & Griffith. 

The Jamboree is named after Life Member of the Dubbo and Port Macquarie Basketball Associations, John Davidson who has devoted much of his life to the growth of country basketball in New South Wales.  Davidson served on the Board of Basketball NSW as a Director, spanning over many years from 1984-2013. 

He has also served on a number of committees, including the Macquarie Conference Commissioner, the NSW Judiciary Committee, the NSW State Basketball League Chair, the Championship Committee Chair, the Operations Management Committee Chair, and the NSW Country Committee Chair. In 2000, the members of Basketball NSW honoured John by awarding him Life Membership.

The Jamboree was developed to provide junior country basketballers with an enjoyable basketball experience that includes more than just direct head to head competition such as including social activities, coaching clinics, and games. The focus is not on winning, it is participatory and enjoyment of the game that is important at Jamboree. The games have specifically designed rules that cater to the involvement of all players.

CLICK HERE for more information about the Jamboree and to read our FAQ.

In order to be selected to attend the Jamboree, U12 athletes first must attend an upcoming U12 Skills Day during the July School Holidays. It is from there that coaches and selectors will be inviting participants to the Jamboree in October. 

Southern Jamboree Selection criteria will come from players from Western Junior League and Southern Junior League. 

Northern Jamboree Selection Criteria will come from players who play in the Northern & Eastern Junior league.

The NSW Country Basketball Under-12 skills days offer players from Country NSW associations an opportunity to receive expert coaching to develop their skills to the highest level. These skills days centre around coaching fundamental basketball skills that they will require as they move onto the next age group.

These skills days are for anyone just starting out with basketball from beginners to representative level players. The focus is on enjoying basketball as well as growing the player’s ability and knowledge of the game. 

Whether you are looking to learn something new, develop new skills as a basketball player, or aspire to be selected for Jamboree, we encourage you to come and experience the fun and excitement of the skills day.

Under 12 Skills Days:

Date: Location:
9th July Queanbeyan
9th July Shoalhaven
10th July Gosford
10th July Griffith
10th July Coffs Harbour
10th July Tamworth
11th July Maitland
14th July Merimbula
17th July Albury
24th July Ballina
24th July Lithgow


Registration: CLICK HERE
Times: 9:30am-3:00pm
Cost: $80 (includes t-shirt and drink bottle)
Ages: Born 2011 or 2012

John Davidson Jamboree:
Dates: 7th, 8th and 9th of October 2022.
Locations: Tamworth Sports Dome & West End Sports Stadium Griffith 
Note: Must trial at an U12 Country Skills Day in July and be born in 2011